Spinning

Dyeing Wool: Temperature Effects of Water

When dyeing wool fiber for a project, the control of color resides in our hands. Experimenting with color, whether in the dyepot or on a wool top…

Her Handspun Habit: What’s Your Type? 5 Ways to Explore New Spinning Fiber

A few weeks ago, I realized that I’d been lying to myself about my spinning. While I’ve always claimed to enjoy putting any breed-specific or wool-based blend…

Spin Off Fall 2019 Magazine
Beginner's Drop Spindle Collection
Color Blending for Spinners Online Workshop
Spinning Drop Spindle Enamel Pin

SPINNING TRENDS

Jin Silk Scarf 16-Shaft

I almost never have loom envy—I’m usually perfectly happy with my 8-shaft loom. Every once in a while a project comes along that makes me wish I…

Jin Silk Scarf 8-Shaft

If you’re looking for a project that is sure to impress on just 8-shafts and 10 treadles, look no further than Bonnie Inouye’s spectacular Jin Silk Scarf.…

Online Education has a Whole New Look! Don’t Believe Us? Try a Free Spinning Class!

We’re thrilled to launch our new look in September, with Jennifer Moore’s Doubleweave on a 4-Shaft Loom Online Workshop sponsored by Schacht. State-of-the-art camerawork will bring you…

Dyeing Wool: Temperature Effects of Water

When dyeing wool fiber for a project, the control of color resides in our hands. Experimenting with color, whether in the dyepot or on a wool top…

5 Reasons I Love Spinzilla

I love participating in spinning events such as Spinzilla. I find comfort in knowing that I’ll be participating in a cherished activity along with other spinners from…

Rising to the Spinzilla Challenge: Milissa Dewey’s Story

We’re in the thick of Spinzilla week—how’re your spinning goals measuring up this year? In the Fall 2018 issue of Spin Off, Christina Oliveri interviewed Milissa Dewey…

Spinzilla Diary: How To Spin Yak/Silk

In the dozen or so fiber-laden vendor halls I visit each year, I love seeing spinners encounter yak/silk combed tops for the first time. Sometimes there is…

I Am a Spinner: Pat Maley, Handspinning Teacher and Ham Radio Operator

“CQ CQ (which means “seek you”)—are there any other ham/spinners out there?” In the Summer 2018 issue of Spin Off, we featured handspinning teacher and ham radio…

Troubleshoot Your Tahkli Spindle

A tahkli spindle is an amazing travel companion. These small, supported spindles will fit in your coat pocket and can provide hours of blissful spinning. Often used…

12 Craft Kits to Make and Give This Holiday Season

We are believers in making things with our hands and the positive mental outcomes that result from doing so. This season, we would like to challenge you…

Her Handspun Habit: Fiber Stash, Meet Ravelry

As a believer in keeping a well-stocked fiber stash, I would be lost without a solid way to track exactly what I have on hand. Because I…

Roving Reporter: Finishing A Sweater Knitted With Handspun Yarn

The race to the sweater finish line can be a bit stressful, truth be told. Questions such as “Will it fit?” or “Is my cuff bind-off too…

Begin the Great Aspinneration!

For Abby Franquemont, it happened when she arrived in Chinchero, Peru, and the women of the local community put a spindle in her hand. “I was 5…

Idaho’s Trailing of the Sheep Festival

Love to know all about the latest and greatest fiber-related events? Make sure to check out “As the Whorl Spins” in every issue of Spin Off. You’ll…

Great Spinning Wheel Roundup 2018: Shopping Guide

Spinning wheels make yarn, but that’s not all they do. They live in your space, and generally, your body supplies the power. You’re more likely to spin…

High or Low Whorl? Selecting a Spindle

My first spindle was a gift. My mom overheard me admiring a beautifully painted whorl while at The Finger Lakes Fiber Festival. Then she listened to me…

What’s Your Spinzilla Strategy?

Spinzilla challenges us to spin as many yards as possible in one week, but beyond that, what fiber we use or what gauge we spin is up…

Revive Your Fiber Stash

Your fiber stash—do you love it or fear it? When you find some neglected batt, long-forgotten roving, or half a bobbin of mystery singles, are you excited…

Backstrap Weaving on Display

Weavers around the world use backstrap weaving to create incredibly complex and beautiful cloth using fairly simple looms. You can find backstrap weavers throughout Asia as well…

Spinzilla: Tips for Spinning Under Pressure

While many handspinners describe time at the wheel or with a favorite spindle as their happy place, spinning can be stressful at times. From Spinzilla to sheep…